Dozens of Stone Mountain families receive help paying for rent, utilities
City of Stone Mountain
By Zachary Hansen
Dozens of families in Stone Mountain received help paying their rent, mortgage and utility bills as part of aCOVID-19 reliefprogram by the city.
Stone Mountain awarded $150,000 worth of assistance to 63 families through a partnership withSt. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity. City Manager ChaQuias Miller-Thornton said during a City Council meeting that 136 checks were written as part of the program, ranging from $247 to $4,000.
She added that many residents still need help, since 50 applicants were not able to receive any funds. The charity received about $117,000 worth of legitimate requests that could not be fulfilled because funds run out. Recipients were given checks on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, the program received nearly 500 requests for help from people outside of Stone Mountain’s city limits, meaning they did not qualify to receive funds from the city. According to the latestU.S. Census data, the city is one of the smallest in DeKalb County with about 6,000 residents.
Miller-Thornton also gave an update on the city’s small business and nonprofit relief efforts.
Stone Mountain recently completed its first round of grant rewards, which was focused on brick-and-mortar businesses. The city set aside $150,000 worth of funds and received valid requests totaling more than double that amount, leaving a funding gap of $165,000. A blind lottery was used to award 20 businesses with grants worth $7,500.
At the beginning of March, the city opened itsgrant application window for nonprofits and home-based workers. The city budgeted $100,000 worth of grants for those groups. Stone Mountain will stop accepting applications Sunday and had about $55,000 worth of funds left as of the Tuesday meeting.
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